The government of Pakistan is taking comprehensive measures to bring educational reforms in the country, Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood said in his address at the World Education Forum in London on Thursday.
The Education World Forum is the largest gathering of education and skills ministers from around the world held annually and took place between January 19 and 22 this year. The theme for 2020 was “One generation – what does it take to transform education?”
In his interactions, Mahmood spoke about the curriculum reforms his party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) was initiating on an “emergency basis”.
The minister said the government had “increased education budget” to improve literacy rate in the country, adding that the government had been working extensively at the federal level to introduce structural reforms in the education system for over a year now.
He highlighted how Prime Minister Imran Khan had reform of education system at the top of his priorities so that disparities in the system could be ended.
In his interaction at the forum, the minister also had meetings with Baroness Sugg and Andrew Stephenson MP from the Department of International Relations (DFID) to discuss the UK’s continued role in promoting education in Pakistan. Mahmood shared with British officials the seriousness of PTI government’s resolve to overhaul the education system, adding that the continued aid provided by DFID had helped Pakistan improve education outcomes.